Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Blocking Facebook Game Requests

I can't tell you how often I see people posting on their Facebook wall screaming at their friends for sending them game requests.  Well guess what?  In a way that's like being upset at someone handing you a flyer because your friend took one.  Here's the skinny on Facebook games.  In order to play you have to hand over certain permissions; one of which is having access to all your friends.  The game itself will spam your friends.  You really have little control over it.  In some cases you can deny a game access to your account but it'll result in you actively hunting down friends to add rather than casting a big net and hoping to get a few fish.  I said in some cases.  Some games just won't let you play (I'm looking at you Bejeweled Blitz!).

A friend asked about this last night and I fell asleep before I could come up with a detailed answer.  So consider this the detailed answer.  I don't know how long it'll be good for because Facebook changes stuff all the time.  But today (as in June 5, 2013) it'll work.

Step 1:

Go to your main newsfeed (sorry mobile users, this guide's for working on a computer) and look for the Apps section.  It looks like this:

Click on App Center.

Step 2:

When your App Center opens look for this menu on the left:

The amount of game requests you've currently received are listed under Requests.  I've got 143.  You can tell I pretty much ignore 'em.  Go ahead and click on Requests.

Step 3:

This is where it gets fun.  You'll get a list of games you've gotten requests for in little boxes.  Here's a closeup of mine:

As you can see, names and pics have been blurred to protect the innocent (tee hee).  In the first box is an untouched request.  If you click the X next to Play Now you'll get the options in the second box.  The X only hides the request though.  You get two more options once the request is hidden.  You want the first one, which in this case says Block Farm Heroes Saga.  The second option allows you to ignore all requests from the person who initially sent it.  It doesn't matter how many people sent you a request for that one game.  You only get the option to ignore requests from the first person who sent it.  Yeah, I don't get the logic in that either.  Anyhoo, go ahead, use that Block option (make sure your press Confirm when you get the confirmation screen) and go live happy happy lives forever.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so so much, I am soo over Candy Crush requests